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Saturday, 31 August 2013 18:03

SAA moves to piece baggage concept

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS

MOVES TO PIECE BAGGAGE CONCEPT

 

 

 

 

South African Airways (SAA) is introducing a new check-in baggage policy in response to your customer’s varying requirements in each of its markets.

From 5 September 2012, SAA will move to a checked baggage policy that restricts the number of pieces of baggage a passenger may check in, rather than the total weight of the passenger’s checked baggage. Each of these pieces will be subject to weight and size restrictions. The new policy describes the number of baggage pieces a passenger may check-in, as well as the weight restrictions for each piece, according to route and class of travel.

Excess baggage, i.e. additional items, or where the baggage exceeds the weight and or size allowance, will be charged at a flat rate per piece of luggage. This is a change from the current policy where excess baggage is charged per kilogram.

In addition, and to comply with airport loading equipment limits, SAA cannot accept any check-in items weighing more than 32kg.   Any items exceeding this limit will either have to be repacked into separate bags or checked in at the SAA Cargo counter and flown at cargo rates.

The new standard will apply to all SAA services worldwide and is in is in line with that of many other airlines around the world.

The new policy, which contains simple explanations and identifies routes where variations are applicable, may be viewed online at www.flysaa.com.It also forms an important part of the Terms & Conditions of all SAA tickets, including flights purchased online.

Passengers travelling on multi-sector/multi-carrier tickets and SAA code-share partner flights, i.e. tickets purchased from SAA for a flight with an SA flight number, but operated by another airline, should check with the other airlines to see which baggage policy is applicable.

The policy will apply on tickets for all flights operated by SAA, i.e. flown using an SAA aircraft and crew. For tickets involving joint international transport services (code share) provided by SAA and foreign airlines the free baggage and excess baggage charge policy have been adjusted and will be based on the policies of the predominant carrier for the trip.

The excess baggage will be charged at a flat rate per rule broken, per piece. This means that if a piece of baggage is both overweight and oversize, two excess baggage charges will apply. Weight/size restrictions apply to all baggage pieces, including additional pieces over and above the baggage allowance.

An excess baggage charge will apply for each Economy Class bag weighing over 23 kg, but less than 32 kg. The one exception is for travel to/from South America, where an Economy Class passenger is permitted to take two pieces of baggage that each weighs no more than 32 kg. SAA cannot check in any bag weighing more than 32 kg, for both Economy and Business Class passengers. This is due to baggage handling restrictions at airports, and as such is beyond our control. Any piece of baggage weighing more than 32 kg will either have to be repacked (in order to weigh 32 kg or less) or will have to be taken to the SAA Cargo counter and checked in as cargo. Cargo rates will apply.

 

Excess baggage rule – size

An excess baggage charge will apply for each piece of baggage that exceeds the maximum dimensions as stipulated in SAA’s baggage policy. The maximum dimensions are 80 cm x 60 cm x 18 cm = 158 cm (62").

 

For detail on baggage allowances for each market under the new piece concept baggage policy please refer to the table below

Travel Between

Business Class

Economy Class

Domestic (within South Africa)

1 piece at a maximum of 32kg (70lb)

1 piece at a maximum of 23kg (50lb)

Worldwide – USA / Canada

2 pieces at a maximum of 32kg (70lb) each

2 pieces at a maximum of 23kg (50lb) each

Africa and South America

2 pieces at a maximum of 32kg (70lb) each

2 pieces at a maximum of 32kg (50lb) each

Africa and Europe / UK

2 pieces at a maximum of 32kg (70lb) each

1 piece at a maximum of 23kg (50lb)

From Blantyre / Lilongwe to London

2 pieces at a maximum of 32kg (70lb) each

2 pieces at a maximum of 23kg (50lb) each

Africa and Asia / Japan

2 pieces at a maximum of 32kg (70lb) each

2 pieces at a maximum of 23kg (50lb) each

Africa and Australia / New Zealand

2 pieces at a maximum of 32kg (70lb) each

1 piece at a maximum of 23kg (50lb)

Africa and Africa: except Libreville / Doula and Lagos

2 pieces at a maximum of 32kg (70lb) each

2 pieces at a maximum of 23kg (50lb) each

Africa and Libreville / Douala

1 piece at a maximum of 32kg (70lb)

1 piece at a maximum of 23kg (50lb)

Africa and Lagos

3 pieces at a maximum of 32kg (70lb) each

3 pieces at a maximum of 23kg (50lb) each

South America and Australia / New Zealand

2 pieces at a maximum of 32kg (70lb) each

2 pieces at a maximum of 23kg (50lb) each

South America and Asia / Africa

2 pieces at a maximum of 32kg (70lb) each

2 pieces at a maximum of 23kg (50lb) each

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